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TRAN5232M Global Transferability of Policies, Models and Methods

15 creditsClass Size: 39

Module manager: Paul Timms

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

General awareness of policy-making approaches and tools, such as from TRAN5250M 'Shaping Future Transport Systems'

Module replaces

TRAN5231M Global Issues in Transport

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Geographic transferability is defined as the process through which something (such as a policy or method) that has been implemented in one location is subsequently implemented in a second location. It is of particular interest when the characteristics of the second location are highly different to those in the first location, thus potentially influencing the effectiveness of what is being transferred. The geographic transferability of policies, models, assessment methods and visioning approaches is becoming increasingly important in a globalised world, from both practitioner and academic perspectives. In a nutshell, what can those involved in policy-making in a specific location learn from the policies implemented and the policy-formulation techniques used in other locations? The module addresses these issues through a combination of state-of-the art theory and up-to-date information on specific case studies. In particular, it emphasises the lenses of ‘global south' and ‘global north', providing theory and examples of ‘north-north', ´north-south', ´south-north' and ´south-south' transferability. The module will encourage students to disseminate their past experiences on these issues in a variety of interaction modes.


The aim of this module is to equip students with the ability to critically examine the applicability of policies and policy-making tools in different geographical and political contexts. On successful completion of this module students will have acquired knowledge of the theories underlying the transfer of policy and policy-making tools, and will have gained an understanding as to the ways that such theories are frequently framed as being geographically-specific.

The module gives students the opportunity to develop research skills through in-depth study of policy and policy-making transfer case studies whilst also developing breadth of knowledge through the participation in lectures and workshops. Students will be encouraged to share their own experiences of policy and policy-making transfer in these participation exercises.

The module allows the students to consider alternative futures with more sustainable transport systems in different geographical settings and will provide an overview of the history of past attempts to construct visionary futures. The module will emphasise the connections between different types of future and changes in society and lifestyles, and how these connections vary by geographic location. Distributional and ethical aspects are important elements to be considered.

Learning outcomes
Skills outcomes: Students will develop critical analytical and research skills through assessing articles from academic sources. They will develop and apply academic writing and presentation skills through the coursework assignments. Students will learn how to conduct participatory planning approaches through organisation of workshops. Students are required to work across interdisciplinary and international teams when preparing presentations and organising of workshops, and will need to develop skills of sensitivity to the issues raised by those from differing geographic locations. Students will need to practice presentation and writing skills for non-academic audiences and to employ creative and critical thinking.

Specific methodological competences are developed in the area of understanding the roles in policy-making of transport models, assessment methods and tools for participatory strategic planning, and in particular how these roles vary by geographic location.

Skills outcomes
- Academic and professional skills (academic writing, critical analysis)
- Theoretical knowledge of transferability concepts and their practical application
- Discursive discussion and strategy development skills


- Introduction: ´transferability thinking´
- From 'policy transfer' to 'policy mobility': theoretical approaches.
- Case studies in policy mobility.
- Assessment of potentially transferable policies for specific locations
- Geographic transferability of models
- Transferability of assessment methods
- Role play on use of 'western' models and assessment methods in a planning exercise in the global south
- Visioning and transferability: theory
- Historical and current examples of city visioning in the global south
- Visioning workshop

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours125.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will need to carry out independent learning in order to be able to pass the coursework element of the module. This will focus heavily on critical reviews of the literature associated with the module, along with original thinking about how transferability concepts might apply in various real life situations.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative assessment will be provided through feedback on students active learning during workshops.

Summative assessment will be provided through feedback on coursework (see below).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayEssay - 2,000 words40.00
Literature ReviewCritical Review- 2,000 words40.00
PresentationVerbal Presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/06/2022


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